Signs & symptoms

There are a range of warning signs to look out for that may be precursors to mental health issues. If you are feeling down or anxious, worried about what you are doing, or having issues with everyday life such as poor sleep or pain.

Feeling anxious every so often is normal. But if it interferes with your capacity to function normally (or even leave the house), it's time to get help.

Quality relationships enrich your life. But gaining and maintaining good relationships is a skill. If you want more out of your relationships, Opem Arms can help.

When feelings of sadness are too intense or stick around for a long time it can be hard to work, socialise or take care of things at home. Find out what you can do to help.

After a distressing or traumatic experience, it’s normal to go over and over what happened. This usually settles down within a week or two, if it keeps going and causes distress you might want to seek help.

We all get angry sometimes. But if anger is expressed in ways that are harmful to ourselves or someone else, or persists for a long time, it can become a concern. If it turns to violence it can be deadly.

Posttraumatic stress refers to a group of reactions that can occur after experiencing a traumatic event. Effective therapies are available to minimise its impact on you and your family.

If your alcohol or drug use is becoming a problem for you or those around you, there are strategies and tools you can use to get it under control

Chronic physical pain wears you down, makes you irritable and short tempered, and can leave you feeling depressed. Pain, physical health and emotional wellbeing are all closely related.

If your behaviour or habits are becoming a concern because of the impact they are having on your life, it's time to seek help.